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Cisco see huge growth in data, broadband speed and devices an opportunity for New Zealand businesses
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 20:22Tags News, Broadband

Research shows that by 2019 New Zealand's IP traffic will more than double, and there will be 35 million connected devices. Comments (Comments)

SMEs focus for Connect Smart Week 2015
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:33Tags News, Security

Communications Minister Amy Adams says the second annual Connect Smart Awareness Week is a reminder to be vigilant about online security. Comments (Comments)

Duck Duck Go undercooked in New Zealand
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:30Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Duck Duck Go is a welcome alternative to Google’s nosy intrusive search engines.  It doesn’t spy on you. It doesn’t track your searches. Nor does it collect your IP address when you search. There’s no log-in. Contrast this with Google, a company that made US$66 billion last year from tracking behaviour and serving users up […] Comments (Comments)

More major events needed for New Zealand's competitive advantage
Posted on 22-Jun-2015 09:30Tags News, Web media

New Zealand needs to do more to attract major international sporting events to improve Kiwi companies' international competitive advantage, says Michael Russel, Origin CEO. Comments (Comments)

When even a MacBook Air is too big
Posted on 21-Jun-2015 07:44Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

There are times when even the lightest, slimmest laptop is more than you want to carry. And times when there’s not enough room to use it. Earlier this month I tried to work with my 13-inch MacBook Air while flying in economy class. Although the tray-table had room for the computer, there wasn’t enough space […] Comments (Comments)

ikeGPS Names DXG Technology as Manufacturing Partner
Posted on 19-Jun-2015 11:11Tags News, Consumer Electronics

Agreement facilitates high-volume production capability to deliver near-term orders and meet long-term market demand. Comments (Comments)

UFB rollout hits halfway mark
Posted on 19-Jun-2015 10:38Tags News, Broadband

Communications Minister Amy Adams today announced that the build programme for the first stage of the Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) initiative has now reached the midway point. Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 235: Future mobile networks, smarter budget Android, security, rural broadband
Posted on 18-Jun-2015 08:40Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

I’m back on the NZ Tech Podcast with host Paul Spain (@paulspain). We discuss two impressive budget Android handsets Vodafone Smart Prime ($150) and Sony Xperia E4 ($200), rural broadband from Vodafone and Spark, Microsoft Ignite NZ update and Bill thoughts on mobile networks of the future. Published by NZ’s Podcast specialist – Podcasts NZ. Get the Podcast […] Comments (Comments)

Kiwi consumers at risk from outdated privacy law
Posted on 17-Jun-2015 16:05Tags News, Security

New Zealand's privacy law is falling behind the rest of the world and threatening consumers' personal data, according to Ian Pollard, managing director of Delta Insurance. Comments (Comments)

Platform, ecosystem, environment
Posted on 15-Jun-2015 08:07Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Platform, ecosystem, environment: people selling technology often use these words. Almost everything in the tech world is one of the three. Some are all three. Hence: the Windows platform; Windows ecosystem and Windows environment. Likewise Apple, Android, AWS and so on. The words are a problem because they are non-specific, even ambiguous. They rarely help […] Comments (Comments)

Trans-Tasman consolidation as Vibe buys RackCentral
Posted on 14-Jun-2015 11:08Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand’s telecommunications industry consolidation continues as Vibe Communications acquires RackCentral, a troubled Australian cloud service provider. The move gives Vibe control of the RackCentral and CloudiO brands along with the company’s more than 1500 customers. Vibe says it has been looking for an Australian acquisition for some time. Telecommunications is an eat-or-be-eaten world. Companies on […] Comments (Comments)

NZ Tech Podcast 234: Apple, robots, Unisys’ chief engineer, rural broadband
Posted on 14-Jun-2015 06:12Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Unisys Chief Engineer Jim Thompson is in New Zealand for the CIO Summit and joins the NZ Tech Podcast along with Nate Dunn. We discuss DARPA’s robot challenge, rural broadband, UFB and Apple WWDC announcements – including WatchOS 2, Payments, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan. This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei steps out on super-smart path to 5G — NZ Herald
Posted on 13-Jun-2015 16:37Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

The next generation of mobile technology is still at least five years away. But when it arrives New Zealand could be among the first countries to get it. The telecommunications industry still hasn’t nailed down a detailed plan for 5G, but Alex Wang, Huawei vice-president of wireless marketing, says his company is determined to play […] Comments (Comments)

Huawei P8: Flagship phone, midrange price
Posted on 13-Jun-2015 10:19Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of Huawei. Soon the brand will be as well-known and the name as easy to pronounce as Nokia or Samsung. Huawei is already well-known in telecommunications circles. It builds most of the world’s phone networks. In New Zealand it works with Spark, 2degrees and Chorus. Now Huawei’s P8 Android […] Comments (Comments)

Behind Vodafone’s Worldxchange acquisition
Posted on 11-Jun-2015 11:17Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Vodafone’s official press release sheds little light on the reason the company acquired Worldxchange. The release says the move: “Brings complementary skills together to deliver enhanced solutions to enterprise customers”[1]. In plain English: Vodafone can sell more things. That’s the key: New Zealand’s telecommunications industry is consolidating. Vodafone is bulking up. Big fish eats little fish. […] Comments (Comments)

Vibe Communications leaps feet first into Australia with the acquisition of RackCentral
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 19:26Tags News, Computing

Telco and network wholesaler, Vibe Communications, today announced that it has acquired 100% of Melbourne-based colocation and virtual server provider RackCentral which owns both the RackCentral and CloudiO brands. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone acquires WorldxChange
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 15:42Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone has today announced the acquisition of WorldxChange, a New Zealand based telecommunications business delivering high reliability IP-based voice and converged services, in a move that brings complementary skills together to deliver enhanced solutions to Enterprise customers. Comments (Comments)

Talking Apple Music on TV3 News 6PM
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 08:02Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

New Zealand DJ Zane Lowe is the face of Apple Music. TV3 journalist Adam Hollingworth interviewedinterviewed me for last night’s 6PM news bulletin me for last night’s 6PM news bulletin asking me what it means for local music.  NZ DJ Zane Lowe fronts Apple’s new radio station There’s good and bad news for local radio. […] Comments (Comments)

Winners and finalists in the 2015 NZ CIO Summit Awards
Posted on 10-Jun-2015 07:50Tags News, Web media

The Awards are made up of five categories, recognizing individuals and teams who have shown leadership, innovation and foresight in their contribution to ICT and business. Comments (Comments)

Apple Music: What New Zealanders will pay
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 16:39Tags News, Bill Bennett, by Bill Bennett

Apple announced its subscription Music service at the World Wide Developer Conference overnight. From the announcement Apple Music seems an interesting mix of Spotify-like music streaming with DJs and human, not algorithmic, curation. An interesting aspect of the Apple Music is that you’ll be able to store all your music, including iTunes purchases and personally ripped […] Comments (Comments)

Lightbox adds Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line-up
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 11:20Tags News, Web media

Watching online TV has just become easier with Lightbox now adding Google’s popular Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line up. Comments (Comments)

Spark successfully tests high-definition voice and video calling over 4G mobile network
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 10:55Tags News, 4G

Company working on a more flexible, fully digital future network, paving the way for new services such as high definition voice and video calls over 4G (also known as LTE). Comments (Comments)

Three cloud computing advantages beyond lower costs
Posted on 9-Jun-2015 09:44Tags News, SaaS

Cloud computing is now a well-established business practice in NZ, according to ICONZ-Webvisions. Comments (Comments)

Vodafone says bigger, faster Rural Broadband hits New Zealand
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 21:03Tags News, Broadband

Vodafone confirms further investment into its rural network, with 20 additional communities set to receive 4G coverage in the next 12 months. Comments (Comments)

Cloud connections a breeze following launch of Vector Cloud Link
Posted on 8-Jun-2015 21:00Tags News, SaaS

New Zealand companies will be able to connect to the cloud at a lower cost with no long-term contracts following launch of Vector Cloud Link. Comments (Comments)


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